French Senate: Armenian Genocide Denial Crime

January 23, 2012

The international community and particularly Armenians, Turks and citizens of France were closely following the French Senate’s day-long debate on whether to criminalize the denial, in France, of the Genocide of Armenians. Immediately prior to the debate, the prime minister and foreign minister of Turkey threatened France with severe diplomatic and economic repercussions if the Senate affirmed the proposal.

The French Senate voted 127 for to 86 against. Following President Sarkozy’s signature, it becomes law, criminalizing the denial of the Genocide of Armenians.

January 23, 2012

The international community and particularly Armenians, Turks and citizens of France were closely following the French Senate’s day-long debate on whether to criminalize the denial, in France, of the Genocide of Armenians. Immediately prior to the debate, the prime minister and foreign minister of Turkey threatened France with severe diplomatic and economic repercussions if the Senate affirmed the proposal.

The French Senate voted 127 for to 86 against. Following President Sarkozy’s signature, it becomes law, criminalizing the denial of the Genocide of Armenians.

 
Click here for brief reports from around the world during and after the debate
 
 


Mercredi 25 janvier 2012

Aram Ier rend hommage à la France

Le catholicos Aram Ier a salué l’adoption par le Sénat français de la loi pénalisant la négation du génocide arménien.

Dans un communiqué rendu public par le catholicossat arménien de Cilicie, il a estimé que ce faisant, Paris « ouvre la voie à la Turquie pour qu’elle corrige son registre historique ». « Le vote du 23 janvier 2011 ramène à notre mémoire des épisodes du génocide arménien lorsque la marine française avait évacué une partie de notre peuple vers le Liban pour éviter qu’elle ne subisse le même sort que ses compatriotes. Ce vote s’inscrit ainsi dans le prolongement de l’engagement historique de la France en faveur des droits de l’homme », a-t-il dit.

Mgr Aram Ier a ensuite estimé qu’à travers ce vote, Paris est également « en train d’aider la Turquie à rejoindre les rangs des États courageux qui se sont engagés dans des processus de réconciliation », en citant notamment l’Allemagne, l’Afrique du Sud, le Rwanda, la Serbie et le Canada.

« C’est une opportunité pour la Turquie, a-t-il ajouté, de renoncer à son discours négationniste et de cesser de considérer les États qui défendent les droits de l’homme comme étant irresponsables ».

 Articles Worldwide

Prior to voting:

Bloomberg
French Senate Voting on Genocide Law Risks Turkish Backlash
Washington Post
Senate debates Armenian ‘genocide’ denial bill as Turkey warns of reprisals
CTV.CA
French Senate debates Armenian ‘genocide’ denial bill
Euronews
French Senate debates Armenian ‘genocide’ bill
Expatica
French senate votes on Armenia genocide bill – Expatica
Reuters
France votes on genocide law, faces Turkish reprisals

Following the vote:

The Statement of the Foreign Minister of Armenia

News.am
French Senate adopts genocide bill
Keghart
The Champagne Problem; Partial Solution
Jakarta Globe
French senate outlaws denial of Armenia genocide
BBC
Turkish fury at French vote on Armenian genocide law
Le Monde
Génocide arménien : la France promet une promulgation rapide de la loi
The Guardian
Armenian genocide denial to be banned in France as senators approve new law
The Independent
Turkey warns of reprisals over French genocide Bill
SpiegelOnline
Erdogan Slams ‘Racist’ France Over Genocide Bill
The Toronto Star
Turkey slams France
The Globe & Mail
Turkey warns France over Armenian genocide bill
The National Post
Turkey rages at ‘Satan Sarkozy’ over ‘racist’ French bill criminalizing genocide denial
The Washington Post
Turkey slams France for making it a crime to deny 1915 killings of Armenians was genocide
The New York Times
Genocide Bill Angers Turks as It Passes in France
Today’s Zaman
France Ignores Turkish warnings, passes Armenian ‘genocide’ bill
Hurriyet
French senate approves bill criminalizing ‘genocide’ rejection


1 comment
  1. Incirlik vs Genocide

    It is quite possible that the US Congress is doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Does it matter? It does if the result will be losing our privileges at Incirlik Airport, from which we fly vital supply missions. If every Islamic terrorist blew himself up with intention of making me angry, it would be fine by me. But that's not the problem we're talking about. It's the issue of pushing a non-binding and completely irrelevant resolution whose only result, and indeed sole purpose, will be to sabotage the war effort. The Armenian Genocide has been called out as such before by the American government. Doing so now simply anger the Turks is an underhanded way so that Democrats can salvage defeat from the jaws of (potential) victory.

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